All members of the single currency Eurozone do not apply currency controls. The Euro is the second most traded currency after the US dollar.
Provided the recipient has a bank account in the European country in question a bank transfer will be the easiest method of sending cash.
If you want to send cash without using your bank account or if you do not have one yet, you can opt for a worldwide money transfer service via a Money Sending Bureau. These establishments found in major cities around the world and are very common across the Eurozone. With this option however you will need to pay a significant commission on the transfer and it is worth looking around as fees can vary between just a few percent as high as 15% of the sum being sent. These institutions also often comparatively poor exchange rates so again the total costs need to be considered.
The procedure is however relatively simple: You take the money you would like to transfer to an office in cash. You have to fill in a form, pay the service fee, and show a valid ID. Alternatively, you can process your money transfer online. Once this procedure is done, the recipient can pick up the money at another office simply by showing his or her own ID. With the transaction number you receive, you can track the status of your transfer online.
A third option is to use a foreign exchange broker to send money to the Eurozone countries. These companies shift huge volumes of currency around the world and therefore come with a couple of significant benefits. They are usually more competitive than the high street banks offering a better exchange rate and depending on the amount being transferred and the frequency of trade, lower fees. They will usually move your funds quicker than a bank or Money Sending Bureau meaning the funds will reach the destination account much quicker. They will often offer a more personalised service which is important if your transfers are ongoing. Fees will vary depending on the country in question depending on the currency flows in and out of the countries concerned. It is worth nothing that a number of brokers have minimum transfer values.
Bank Note System
The euro is made up of 100 cents. Euro banknotes are printed in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. Coins are available in values of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and 1 and 2.
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